Pope Francis addresses the faithful as a pigeon flies by during the Angelus prayer at Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican on Sunday. The Vatican has refused to provide a United Nations rights panel with information on the Church’s internal investigations into the sexual abuse of children by clergy, saying that its policy was to keep such cases confidential. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

The Vatican refused to provide a United Nations rights panel with information on the Church’s internal investigations into the sexual abuse of childr(...)

Pope Francis greets ambassadors and diplomats from the 180 countries that have diplomatic relations with the Holy See at the end of an audience at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/AP Photo

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